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The use of programs for text analysis is incredibly useful in aiding researchers find correlations and ties between documents. Such as the documents I had chosen from the database, Documenting the American South, such programs help develop a clear tie between documents which were not originally associated. This creates a sort of narrative for a researcher to follow. Topic words such as law, justice, governor, court, and case, provide some indication as to what the document is about. These documents include enslaved individuals and related court cases. Using programs such as Voyant, the user can see how common those words are used throughout the documents, not just that the words are similar.

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